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Bowflex BXE216 Review

Quick Summary

Bowflex Results, a new brand from Nautilus, is scheduled to debut by summer 2017. Its first cross trainer will be the mid-priced BXE216 Elliptical ($1,799).

This front drive model is space-efficient, has power incline, and is programmed for multi-user households; up to four trainees can store profiles and track stats with popular fitness apps.

The console’s shelf can charge a tablet computer, phone or MP3 player as you train.

Learn more from FitRated’s preliminary BXE216 review.

Specifications

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Model Bowflex BXE216
Rating

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70%
List Price

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$2,199
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$799
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

15 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

N/A
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18" - 20"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Adjustable & Oversized
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

N/A
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

N/A
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

11
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

4 Users
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

N/A
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Quick Readout Display
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

N/A
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

N/A
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Coming Soon
Parts: Coming Soon
Labor: Coming Soon

Our Rating

Rating: 70/100 (based on us not seeing this yet). The Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical is scheduled for release by mid-2017. Priced at $1,799 and supporting up to four user profiles, it looks like a sensible option for the typical household in terms of performance, electronics and machine size.

This front drive trainer is part of the new Bowflex Results collection, and regarding “results” we’d say three key features distinguish it from lower quality ellipticals: a power incline for targeted lower-body sculpting; multi-grip handlebars for diversifying upper-body training; and a Bluetooth connection for syncing the workout data with mobile fitness apps. The machine also displays calorie burn per minute, which can be more motivating than a cumulative report.

The Bowflex Results console features a large easy-to-read data screen. It shows multiple stats at once (calories per minute, distance, heart rate and more) and provides cross training guidance with 11 preset workouts. As explained below, adjusting the machine’s resistance and incline will be easy even during high intensity workouts.

Pros:

  • Large data screen with motivating feedback
  • Four user profiles
  • Media shelf at top of console
  • Bluetooth enabled for wireless stats sharing
  • 11 workout apps
  • Incline power ramp up to 15%
  • Multi-grip handlebars
  • Wireless heart rate receiver and chest strap
  • Speed and resistance controls built into the handgrips
  • Water bottle holder

Cons:

  • Front drive design (Not recommended if you have poor balance)
  • Bowflex customer service gets mixed reviews
  • Cooling fan is small, might not be powerful
  • Stride is fixed instead of adjustable

Introduction

The new Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical scheduled for early 2017 release is a front drive cross trainer for residential use. This elliptical for the whole family has a compact size, supports up to four user profiles, and (to be confirmed) 15 levels each of resistance and incline to offer diverse exercise at a wide range of intensities. As described below, programming on the BXE216 is particularly results-focused in terms of goal setting and data feedback.

Workout Programs

The BXE216 Bowflex Results console is loaded with 11 training programs. These minimize set-up time and help ensure that exercise sessions are well spent. Each program can automate the adjustments for resistance and incline as you train for specific goals in the categories of calorie burn, heart rate and more. (Controls for resistance and incline are built into the handlebars and console as well.)
Up to four users can save their profiles for the most accurate feedback.

Bowflex BXE216 Features

The BXE216 has a front drive frame design to help maximize your living space.

Programming is shown on a good-looking LED with multiple data points visible at once. A highlight is the calorie burn feedback, which is calculated per minute (not just in total) for extra motivation.

Bowflex Results ellipticals will each ship with a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring.

For long-term stats tracking the Bowflex Results console is Bluetooth enabled; you can export your numbers for graphing with the Bowflex Results app, MyFitnessPal and other popular mobile apps for health.

A media shelf at the top of the console can keep your mobile device handy and includes a USB charging port.

This elliptical has moving handlebars to allow total-body training. The handlebars are built with curved grips that allow more than one holding position, so upper-body exercise can be focused on different muscle groups.

For lower-body sculpting and a cardio training boost, the BXE216 Elliptical appears to be designed with fifteen levels of incline. These can be automated with workout programs. Up/down incline controls are also built into a handlebar grip, and large buttons for specific incline settings are on the console for quick adjustment.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex BXE216 warranty includes:

The manufacturer’s warranty and guarantee for this product are not yet public. We expect that the elliptical will be sold with a money-back guarantee, since some other Bowflex products are sold with six-week trial periods. A reasonable parts warranty for a $1,799 trainer would be at least three years. We anticipate that a year of labor will be included.

Conclusion

The unreleased Bowflex BXE216 looks like a promising contender in the under-$2,000 elliptical category. Its Bowflex Results console provides a good variety of training programs and is optimized for goal-setting and goal tracking. We also appreciate how it supports up to four user profiles. (Many home fitness machines aren’t so personalized.) In this preliminary review we figure that because the console is no-nonsense (no touchscreen or web browser, for example) Nautilus has probably devoted resources to a good drive system for smooth operation and a just-right challenge for most trainees. When the BXE216 Elliptical is ready for sale, check back with FitRated.com for a more detailed review.